Kids Left In Hot Cars- Some Facts


When Allstate approached me to work on a series of sponsored content, like this post, they wanted to know what were some safety issues I wanted to talk about with my audience. The horrifying thought of kids dying in hot vehicles was at the top of my list because I genuinely believe it’s something that can happen to anyone, and the only way to prevent it from happening is to consciously take steps to prevent it.

An Allstate Information Team member helped me gather some facts and some tips that I’ll share below. I’ve also created the image above that I encourage you to download or save from here and share. Pin it, Facebook it, talk about it. Remind your friends and family to stay vigilant.

How long does it take for the inside of a car to reach dangerous temperatures inside if it’s 90 degrees outside?
According to The Weather Channel, temperatures can reach 109 degrees inside of a car in just 10 minutes. This increases to 119 degrees in 20 minutes and 124 degrees in just a half-hour.
How long does it take for those temperatures to kill a small child?
According to, heat stroke, by clinical definition, occurs when the body reaches 104 degrees. At 104 degrees, the body enters survival mode and stops perspiring. Only 3 degrees higher, at 107 degrees, the body’s cells start to die. This causes the internal organs to begin failing and death can occur soon after. These life-threatening temperatures can be reached quickly when one is stuck inside of a car in the heat.
In the worst case scenario, if a child is small and on the sunny side of a car, death can occur in 15 minutes or less.
How many children have died so far in 2014 from heat exposure in cars?
According to the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, there have been 21 cases of children dying due to heatstroke from being left in a car. In 2013, 44 children died due to heat exposure in cars. This USA Today article notes that an average of 38 children die per year due to heat exposure in cars.
What’s one or two things caregivers can do to prevent this from happening?
Always check the backseat before exiting your vehicle! Make it a habit, even when you’re not traveling with your children.
According to, some other helpful tips include keeping a stuffed animal in the car seat, so when you place your children into the seat, you’re forced to move the doll to the front passenger seat to remind you the child is in the back.
Leave your cell phone, employee ID, or another item you will need on the floor in front of the baby’s car seat.
To keep kids from going into the car to play (and not being able to get out), keep your car locked, even if it’s in the garage or the driveway, and definitely keep your keys out of reach of your children!

A big thanks to Allstate for working with me on this. While it’s definitely important to remember how deadly leaving a child in a hot car can be during the hottest days of the year, it’s also important to remember it doesn’t have to be 100 degrees in the middle of August for this to happen. Make checking your car as you exit and keeping it locked a habit all year round.

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This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held insurance company, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most—but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day. For more helpful tips like this, visit our Good to Know community.

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  1. These are great tips, I had no idea a child could die in just 15 minutes! That is so heart breaking. Every time I read about one of these I just feel terrible for the family involved. What a tragic experience.

  2. Lianne Marie Poisson on

    I’ve been paranoid about this since day 1. Every day when I go to work, I leave my laptop bag in the back seat so I have to go back there before heading inside.

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